Raising Kashmir issue will waste Pakistan’s time at UN General Assembly: Syed Akbaruddin

Taking a fresh dig at Pakistan on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, India’s permanent representative to the United States, Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday said that Islamabad would be wasting its time if it attempts to discuss the Kashmir issue at next week’s UN General Assembly Session (UNGA). External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and his Pakistan counterpart Khawaja Asif are scheduled to meet next week on the sidelines of the UNGA’s 72nd session in New York.
Reportedly, Swaraj and Asif are “expected to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit and the SAARC group meetings.” As listed by Syed Akbaruddin, the issues expected to be on the priority list for discussion by Swaraj includes UN reform, counter-terrorism, migration, climate change, and peacekeeping.
Further stating that India won’t sit still till Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar is designated as a top terrorist by the UN, Akbaruddin said, “If I were to use a term, the matter is what we would call in judicial terms sub-judice. Currently the matter is with a UN committee. We hope that the committee will be able to fulfill its role in designating Masood Azhar who we have tried for quite some time but have not succeeded yet.”
Apart from accusing Azhhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot attack, India further blames his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out one of the most deadly attack on Indian soil, which claimed the life of seven Indian Army jawans along with the six infiltrated terrorists.
Earlier in August, China extended a technical hold on the United States, France and the United Kingdom backed proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. Being a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China, at several instances, had blocked India’s demand for a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief under the Al–Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. In March last year, among the 15-nation UN organ China was the sole nation to put hold on India’s application to bid for mentioning Azhar’s name on the 1267 sanctions list which would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.
However assuring that the UN will mark Azhar as a designated global terrorist, Akbaruddin stated, “He (Azhar) may try to delay this, but the inevitable will happen. So be certain about it. The clock is ticking for him. He will be pursued until justice is met.”

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